By Kelly Baughman

About half of the American population makes New Year’s resolutions. We all want to be skinnier, healthier, and wealthier, but sometimes those goals aren’t the easiest to stick to. Here are some tips to keep you on track this New Year, and the local businesses that can help you make 2019 the year of you.
Baby steps: If you decide to try something new like running or eating healthy it isn’t a good idea to go out and run a marathon or drop all of you favorite dishes cold turkey all in the first week. Instead, set smaller goals like running a mile or cutting back on soft drinks, and then build your way up to those bigger goals as you go. This way, you won’t be as likely to get discouraged.
If you’re not sure that something like a long term gym membership is for you, try taking a few classes at the Orange Beach Recreation Center, located at 4099 Orange Beach Blvd. They offer classes like Cardio Dance, Yoga, Step Aerobics, Zumba and more for every age and fitness level. Class prices are $5 per class. Fitness cards are available for purchase. The card is $50 and covers 15 classes. That way, you can start small and make sure that this type of activity is right for you.
For more information, visit www.orangebeachal.gov/facilities/recreaction-center or call 251-981-6028.
Give yourself 21 days: Experts say that it takes 21 days to break an old habit and only 7 days to create a new one. Give yourself time to commit to your new life change. The first 10 days are the worst, so strive to push past those and then set a second smaller goal of hitting the 21 day mark. Studies show that if you follow the 21 day rule, the success rate of keeping up the good work is over 80%. If you find that after the 21 day mark that your resolution isn’t all you thought it would be, then at least you know that you gave a good effort.
One activity that can change your body, soothe your soul, and keep you interested in your goal is yoga. Try Jamie Robertson and her Orange Beach Yoga & Wellness Center, located at The Wharf. With a beautiful, contemporary studio featuring floor to ceiling windows that overlook the water, Orange Beach Yoga & Wellness Center will keep you in the routine to get you over the 21 day hump. With classes like Empower Hour, Robertson will lead you in to a challenging practice with a peak pose followed by deep stretching and a peaceful savasana.
Never tried Yoga or maybe you’re looking for something a little less serious? Try Robertson’s Flora-Bama Flow. This fun community class is for everyone and is held at the Flora-Bama Ole River Grill on Fridays at 9:30 am. This class is all about music and play, and is included w/OBYOGI membership or $5 cash for non-members.
For more information on Jamie Robertson and the Orange Beach Yoga & Wellness Center, visit www.orangebeachyoga.com or call 251-752-8090.
Don’t overdo it: When making a New Year’s resolution, people usually tend to go at it with a ferocious pace from the starting line. It’s easy to burn yourself out, especially with goals like quitting smoking or exercising. Your body may have adverse reactions to these new changes, so listen to what it tells you. If your muscles hurt, take a break. If your head aches because of nicotine withdrawals, wean yourself off slowly. The important thing to remember is that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Give your body time to adjust and keep plugging away until you reach those small goals.
If you’re feeling run down, find a way to rejuvenate yourself and find renewed energy. Try enrG IV, located at 3099 Loop Rd Unit 4 in Orange Beach. IV Vitamin Therapies effectively provide relief, healing, and recovery for people with health concerns ranging anywhere from dehydration, all the way to chronic illness. It is also useful for anyone interested in increasing health and immune functions, boosting energy levels and mood, and enhancing athletic performance. Through administering vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients directly into the bloodstream, via an IV drip, you can rehydrate, dispel toxins, and restore balance in your body quickly and get back to you resolution focus.
For more information on enrG IV or to make an appointment, visit www.enrgiv.com or call 251-240-0842.
Remove yourself from tempting situations: If your goal is to quit drinking, -obviously going to a bar isn’t going to be the best choice. Humans are creatures of habit, so remember that if your friends or co-workers all go outside for a smoke break while you are trying to quit, it’s probably best staying inside and avoiding the temptation. If your friends like to eat greasy Mexican food followed by ice cream and cookies, you probably won’t lose much weight. Explain your goals to your friends. More than likely they will understand and be supportive. Otherwise your resolution may need to be “get better friends”.
If you think you might need a little extra help to lose the weight, quit smoking, or relieve your stress and temptations, perhaps hypnosis or life coaching is for you. Give Gulf Shores Hypnosis, located at 1404 W 1st Street in Gulf Shores. This self-help facility offers innovative techniques to assist patients in resisting cravings, alleviating anxiety, curbing phobias, and dealing with stress. For more information call 251-229-3949.
Maybe hypnosis is a bit too out there for your taste. If so, maybe a life coach is more your speed. Marlee Bruno at Mind Body & Soul Medical, located at 12385 Sorrento Rd Suite A-4, helps patients tap into their inner strength by addressing the physical and mental issues ailing each individual and customizes a plan to help achieve the desired changes necessary for success. For more information or to set up a consultation, visit www.mindbodysoulmedical.com or call 850-466-2766.
Remember why you made the resolution: Obviously if you made a resolution it is a goal that you want to someday achieve. People make goals to change things they don’t like about themselves, not because it sounds like a fun journey. Keep that in mind when the road gets rocky, and push yourself beyond the struggle. In the end, you’ll be more proud of your accomplishments.